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Archive for Sunday, August 15, 1999

SUA TUNES INTO ENTERTAINMENT NEEDS

August 15, 1999

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If it's for students and it's entertaining, Student Union Activities likely has had a hand in it.

Sitting in your residence hall, looking for something to do? Check out the many possibilities that Student Union Activities offers.

SUA provides social, cultural, educational and recreational programs for Kansas University students. The group of more than 300 students plan events such as the annual Day on the Hill concert and the KU Student Lecture Series.

"SUA is here to serve the students," group president Cameron Popp said.

The group's committees schedule events throughout the school year. The forums committee puts on lectures, brings in speakers and organizes debates.

Last spring, the committee and KU Student Senate brought Archbishop Desmond Tutu to speak in the Student Senate Lecture series.

"We felt that was a big success," Popp said. "We'd like to duplicate that."

The live music committee organizes the annual Day on the Hill, a several-act concert in the spring on Campanile hill. Popp would like to see it become more of an actual music festival, with other activities and events besides just music.

The group also puts on 12 to 15 different live music events throughout the year, including Tunes at Noon, which are hourlong concerts in front of the union on Fridays during good weather.

"That's kind of a nice thing to do on a Friday," Popp said.

The special event committee brings comedians to campus and holds union open houses. This past year, the committee even brought the personalities from MTV's Love Line, Dr. Drew Pinksy and Adam Carolla to campus for a show.

Film is broken down into two committees. The feature film committee shows current and classic Hollywood films.

The spectrum film committee shows foreign films and artistic productions, with a smattering of cult films thrown in.

It sponsors the annual floating flicks -- movies shown on a screen floating on Potter Lake each spring.

"We show movies most nights of the week," Popp said. "Students get a good discount."

Films are shown in the union. Students can get passes for the year for less than $40.

The recreation committee handles smaller programs, such as setting up a miniature golf course on campus or selling tickets for the Royals baseball games or Worlds of Fun.

The fine arts committee holds an annual poster sale in the fall and schedules exhibits in the union's gallery.

During the first week after the residence halls open -- Hawk Week -- SUA will have events all over campus.

"This is a time when incoming freshman get to learn the university," Popp said.

"There's a lot of neat programming."

The Kansas Union will be open the first night of Hawk Week. SUA will also schedule a number of events, such as Beach and Boulevard in front of Wescoe Hall, throughout the week.

"Come see us and when you come, tell us what you like and what you want to see," Popp said.

For more information about SUA, check out its Web site at http://www.ukans.edu/~sua/.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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